Cranberry Walnut Wild Rice Porridge (Mahnomin Porridge)

wild rice porridge with cranberries and walnuts

Cranberry Walnut Wild Rice Porridge ~ swap out your usual oatmeal for this cozy hot cereal full of antioxidants, protein, and fiber. It’s naturally gluten free and ready in minutes!

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Wild Rice Porridge with cranberries and walnuts in a white bowl with spoon

Let me guess ~ you love a healthy hot breakfast but you’re getting a little bit tired of the same old oatmeal. I’m right there with you, so I’m excited to introduce you to this earthy wild rice porridge, it’s going to rock our cozy hot breakfast world!

The Native Americans had the idea first, they called it mahnomin porridge, made with wild rice, nuts, berries, and maple syrup. The porridge was picked up from the Ojibwe by 19th century fur traders, and eventually made its way into the cuisine of Canada and the upper Midwest. Some of you living in those areas might recognize it.

Floating Leaf wild rice gives this healthy hot cereal a depth of flavor that oatmeal just can’t match. Once you try it I bet you’ll return to it over and over again all winter.

Floating Leaf Wild Rice in Minutes! with cranberries and walnuts

There’s more to hot cereal than oats, in fact you can make porridge out of all kinds of grains and seeds, including wild rice.

I used Floating Leaf’s Wild Rice in Minutes for my porridge. It’s perfect because wild rice can take a while to cook, and this product has been pre-cooked and dehydrated, so it’s ready asap. Really nice on chilly, busy mornings. Note: you can use regular or quick cooking wild rice for porridge, the result will be similar to the difference between steel cut and quick cooking oats.

Floating Leaf Wild Rice products

What is wild rice?

Wild rice is the seed of a marsh grass that grows in the Great Lakes regions of the US and Canada, and in fact wild rice is considered an ancient grain because it hasn’t changed in thousands of years. It’s got a great chewy texture, and a nutty, earthy flavor ~  use it in all the same ways you use regular rice. Floating Leaf wild rice is great all year round, but it’s especially nice to incorporate into recipes during the fall and holiday months.

Wild Rice spilled on a white surface

Is Wild Rice Healthy?

Yes! It’s full of antioxidants, fiber, and protein. It’s lower in calories and carbs than regular rice, and has a lower glycemic index, too. The slow burning complex carbohydrates in a bowl of wild rice porridge will keep you feeling satisfied longer, and help stave off cravings. In fact all Floating Leaf’s whole grain and legume products  are non GMO, gluten free, and organic. They promote heart health, help keep your appetite in check, and are perfect choices for those with celiac disease and diabetes.

A bowl of wild rice porridge with cranberries and walnuts

Where can I buy wild rice?

I find that wild rice can be hard to locate in stores, it’s hit or miss, but luckily Floating Leaf products are now available in the US (check out the store locator link below) and you can always buy it on their website, here which makes it super convenient. I recommend buying a few bags at a time. They also sell really creative rice/grain/pulse blends too, like 6-Grain Sprouted French Lentils and Sprouted Brown Rice, Split Pea, and Quinoa. I can think of a million ways to use them.

Wild rice porridge with fresh cranberries and walnuts

I’ve made my wild rice porridge with fresh cranberries not only because they’re seasonal, but because they have a bright flavor like no other fruit.

Flash roasting raw cranberries is a technique I love ~ I roast them for exactly 5 minutes, and they get just enough heat to soften them and make them pop to release their juices. The heat brings out their brilliant color and flavor and makes them so much more enticing than dried cranberries. They are tart, but the brown sugar and maple syrup balances that out.

How to flash roast cranberries

Add your juicy flash roasted cranberries to cereal, salads, grain bowls, roasted meats ~ the sky’s the limit!

Wild Rice Porridge made with Floating Lead Wild Rice in Minutes

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this porridge but I was hooked after the first bite. The wild rice is earthy and a little bit sweet from the maple syrup, the toasted walnuts are buttery and a little bit astringent, the berries burst in your mouth… the whole thing is just really good! But there are also lots of ways to change out this wild rice porridge for your particular dietary needs or tastes, here are a few suggestions…

Dairy Free Wild Rice Porridge

Use any number of non-dairy milks in your porridge. I think almond or hazelnut milk would be amazing, and coconut or soy milk would certainly work.

Nut Free Wild Rice Porridge

In place of nuts try pumpkin seeds, sunflower seed kernels, or even chia seeds for a bit of crunch.

Refined Sugar Free Wild Rice Porridge

I add a touch of brown sugar because I love the flavor, but you can use more maple syrup, agave, molasses, or whatever natural sweetener you like.

Use other fruit and nuts in your porridge

In Door County WI they make it with their famous cherries. Dried cranberries or other dried fruit like apricots will also work. I think sliced bananas would be delicious. Hazelnuts would be an awesome substitution for the walnuts, but you could also use almonds or pecans. Just be sure to toast them first to bring out their flavor and crunch.

Use the Slow Cooker

This porridge is quick cooking, so I suggest making a double or triple batch on the stove and then transferring it to the slow cooker, set on warm, to keep fresh for hours. Add the brown sugar and the walnuts as you serve each portion. (A great idea for Thanksgiving morning!)

Overnight Wild Rice Porridge

Put the Floating Leaf Wild Rice in Minutes and water in a saucepan the night before. Cover and leave overnight. In the morning drain off any excess liquid, and proceed with the recipe.

Ladling wild rice porridge into a white bowl

This is the perfect season to incorporate wild rice into your menu, it can be used alone or mixed with other rices or grains for side dishes, stuffings, soups, and casseroles. Here are a few ideas from my blog get you started…and you’ll find more delicious recipes on the Floating Leaf website.

wild rice porridge with cranberries and walnuts
4.34 from 12 votes

Cranberry Walnut Wild Rice Porridge

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Yield 2 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 cup Floating Leaf Organic Wild Rice in Minutes!
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup milk half and half, or cream
  • 4 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup roasted cranberries see instructions below
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts
  • 2 tsp dark brown sugar optional


  • Put the wild rice in a strainer and rinse under cold running water for 60 seconds. Put in a medium saucepan and add the 3 cups water. Stir and bring up to a boil. Turn the heat way down, cover, and cook for 10 minutes. Strain off excess liquid.
  • Put the wild rice back in the sauce pan and add the milk or cream and maple syrup. Bring back to a simmer and gently cook for another minute or so.
  • Divide the porridge between two bowls and add the cranberries, nuts, and a sprinkle of dark brown sugar. Enjoy!
  • *To flash roast your cranberries, just put them on a baking sheet and roast in a 350F preheated oven for about 5 minutes, just until they turn bright and glossy, and some of them have popped. This turns an unappealing raw cranberry into an irresistibly sweet/tart delight!
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.



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  • Reply
    November 11, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Can you roast frozen cranberries?

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      November 11, 2020 at 11:27 am

      Yes, absolutely.

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    September 6, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    5 stars
    Hi I’m so glad you have posted this for people. I have been eating Mahnomin for most of my life and you can’t beat the nutrition and the taste. Wild Rice is amazing used in all kinds of dishes. Love this !

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    Laurel Meza
    November 15, 2018 at 6:22 am

    I absolutely love this idea, unfortunately I don’t feel that there is enough balance between the tartness of the cranberries and the maple and brown sugar. I did have to adjust the recipe not only to my liking but to make it palatable for everyone. I also added one more ingredient to make it more presentable. I know cranberries can vary in tartness so I’m always testing/ tasting for balance, which is something I’m always looking for and finally found, thank you for the recipe. Like I said before, it’s a really great idea and I’m glad to have found your website.

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    November 14, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    I am making wild rice stuffing this year. I will definitely cook extra wild rice so I can make this amazing porridge!

    • Reply
      November 15, 2018 at 5:52 am

      You can make wild rice ahead and freeze it for porridge all winter long 🙂

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    Lauren Kirchmaier
    November 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    This is gorgeous! And delicious too.. I can’t wait to try it out!

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    November 13, 2018 at 10:23 am

    This is seriously so gorgeous! I don’t know why I’ve never thought of making porridge out of rice before but it’s such a great idea. Going to pick up a bag of Floating Leaf wild rice to make this with!!

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    November 12, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Sue, this is AWESOME! I would never think to eat a wild rice blend as a porridge, but it sounds (and looks) so cozy and comfy and perfect. YUM!

    • Reply
      November 12, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      I know, really, who’d a thunk??

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    November 12, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    This recipe has the best cozy feel! I adore wild rice and I think I’ll celebrate this post by going and making myself a bowl.

    • Reply
      November 12, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      I wish we could sit down together and enjoy a bowl, Michelle 🙂

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    Izzy @ She Likes Food
    November 12, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    I love the idea of a warm rice based breakfast! And those cranberries on top are so pretty!

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      November 12, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      I know food bloggers make a lot of claims, Izzy, but this porridge is really wonderful, and those cranberries!!

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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    November 12, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Love this quick and healthy recipe!

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    November 12, 2018 at 8:58 am

    I love wild rice yet I’ve never thought to enjoy it as a breakfast porridge — this is brilliant! I need to get my hands on that wild rice in minutes…I can’t wait to try this!

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    November 12, 2018 at 8:50 am

    I love this idea so much! There’s so much good-for-you going on in Floating Leaf’s wild rice blend. Stepping away from savory and turning into a hearty breakfast is such a fabulous idea. I can’t wait to make this!

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    Robyn Gleason
    November 12, 2018 at 5:59 am

    I’ve always loved your creativity with recipes, Sue, and this is another winner. You’ve made porridge look beautiful! The addition of roasted cranberries and walnuts is simply fantastic. Love that you can use quick cooking wild rice!

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      November 12, 2018 at 6:05 am

      Thanks friend…I definitely have a new favorite breakfast!

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    Mary Bostow
    November 12, 2018 at 5:54 am

    Oh my goodness now it’s my favorite breakfast! I bet those flavors are amazing! An interesting mix of ingredients. This is so delicious and it makes my mouth water. You are a genius and I saved your recipe.

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    November 12, 2018 at 5:52 am

    The first time I had this porridge was at the Fitzger Inn in Duluth Mn. Like you I was totally blown away at how delicious it was. Your recipe looks exactly like what I remember it to be. I am so happy to have the recipe to make for myself and not have to travel 160 miles to satisfy my craving. Thankyou!

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      November 12, 2018 at 6:00 am

      I love that you’ve had this Carol. I can imagine that it would be the perfect breakfast for an inn or b&b!

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    November 12, 2018 at 5:26 am

    Wild Rice has been my newest fave and I love that you’ve made a porridge out of it. Plus, the touch of cranberries and walnuts sounds delicious!

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      November 12, 2018 at 5:40 am

      If you already love wild rice then you’ll flip over this Shanika.

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    November 12, 2018 at 5:16 am

    Ooh this does sound like the perfect way to mix things up with the old breakfast routine!

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    Annie @ Annie's Noms
    November 12, 2018 at 5:12 am

    What a wonderful way to start the day!! I love all the colours and flavours in this, it’s so perfect!

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    November 12, 2018 at 4:40 am

    We adore wild rice and I’m always thrilled to be able to find it in stores. Going to hunt this brand one down for sure! Such a great way to start the day – and so creative. I bet it tastes fantastic! Great recipe … pinning!

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    Michelle - The Last Food Blog
    November 12, 2018 at 4:23 am

    Wow, this is so different! But I love it! I love wild rice but have never tried it as a porridge, definitely trying this.

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      November 12, 2018 at 4:26 am

      I know, right? I’ve been cooking with wild rice for years, but never thought to try this. So good 🙂

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    November 12, 2018 at 3:25 am

    A very hearty and delicious breakfast!

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      November 12, 2018 at 3:31 am

      Angie this is really good! Who knew? I’ve always loved wild rice but never thought about it for breakfast 🙂

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